The decade was mainly known as one of peace, when the cold-war ended and East and West Germany were-united as one, but we also had conflicts in the Gulf, Bosnia and Rwanda. The European Union was founded and peace was finally agreed between the British and the Irish in the Good Friday Agreement. Apartheid ended in South Africa as Nelson Mandella became the country's first black leader after being released from jail. The World Wide Web came into existance and Google was created in this decade, along with Dolly, the first successfully-cloned animal. Intel produced its very first Pentium processor as home-based and business computers grew rapidly to take advantage of the new services offered by the internet.
In science fiction at the cinema, The Terminator 2 introduced some astonishing special effects, the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises did not disappoint and we welcomed the dark world of the Matrix...say no more
Jennifer Connelly plays Jenny Blake, our hero's girlfriend, who is abducted by the Nazi element in the film The Rocketeer. Set in the 1930s and straight from pulp fiction comic books, Jenny isn't your normal damsel in distress.
We met Sarah Connor in the first film, but here the character is completely changed! Detained in an asylum and shackled to her bed at night as her stories about Judgement day are clearly madness, she evolves into a determined, single-minded warrior who takes it upon herself to change the future - and no-one is going to stand in her way. Credit to Linda Hamilton who drops the pristine hair and adopts a fitness regime to become the character.
Now then, time to go BIG! In 1958 we had a 50 foot woman terrorising the streets, but this time we can go even bigger! To be precise a 60 foot woman in the shape of Angel Grace, a centrefold playmate who drank a little too much of a growth potion. Played by JJ North, a regular in exploitation films before entering the world of female wrestling (honest), the movie, Attack of the 60 foot Centrefold (1995), is a poor parody of the 50s original. The girl has a hot body though and well worth looking out for! Warning -the film features semi-nudity (hardly surprising considering the title).
DNA downloaded from an unknown alien civilisation and recreated as a female human who grows at an extraordinary rate results in a sensual and sexy woman who turns into an iron-plated beast intent on sex....Hmm this film has everything you want in sci-fi and a babe and a half in the shape of the most beautiful Natasha Henstridge as Sil in Species and Eve in Species II. This Canadian actress is gorgeous in both roles, shown below, and a genuine candidate for babe of the decade.
Not on the Wiki list, but classed as sci-fi on IMDb, and not a film I would normally watch, but glad I did, is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The reason I am glad is because of the master warrior known as Dulcea. She would wield her staff and sticks as weapons when fighting off enemies, and she has a well-toned body, which is revealed by a skimpy green costume with thigh-length boots. Not many pictures available of Australian Gabrielle Fitzpatrick as the character and its well worth checking out the film just for her brief appearance.
Here's another scantily-clad babe, this time Jeanne Tripplehorn as Helen, a carer for an orphaned child who knows the whereabouts of dry land in Waterworld.
Ok - we haven't seen many aliens in this site, but I think I am going to have to include the Martian girl in Mars Attacks! . Played beautifully by Lisa Marie, she is stunning...and sexy in a weird kind of way...
Now, Pamela Anderson is not particularly well known for her sci-fi portfolio, but nevertheless appears as another one of the hottest babes in sci-fi as Barbara "Barb Wire" Kopetski. Warning - there is some nudity in the film, Barb Wire. I've personally seen the film many times, and although Pamela's only award was a Golden Raspberry Award for "worst new star", I can think of a couple of reasons to continue watching it.... There's no doubt that Barb is incredibly sexy and her gun toting, bike riding, ass kicking antics make her a worthwhile candidate, even though the film itself is...well.. rubbish..even though the plot is exactly the same as one of my all-time favourite films - Casablanca!
Earlier we touched on what might be considered to be a perfect woman. another such example is Leeloo in The Fifth Element (1997). Played by the very attractive Milla Jovovich, LeeLoo was recreated from the hand of the Fifth Element and ran around in a bizarre and very draughty costume..
Leeloo is the standout babe in the film, although there are a number of minor characters who are all very attractive in their own right, but worthy of a special mention is the Diva, a blue alien who sings in an enchanting operatic style - not to be missed!
Two main scifi babes in this film: Dizzy Flores, played by Dina Meyer, is a headstrong and tough soldier and I have to include Denise Richards as Carmen Ibanez, an intelligent maths genius and brave pilot.
I have to confess I am a big fan of Rhona Mitra and didn't know that she was in Beowulf (1999) because I didn't actually see it at the time. Now I've seen the film, I realise I didn't miss much, but as Kyra, headstrong daughter of the King, she certainly looks hot in this image from the film
I've mentioned Sigourney Weaver's role in Galaxy Quest (1999) elsewhere, but lets have an image in the right decade as well...as I just can't get over her as Gwen DeMarco, such a difference...Gwen was a stereotyped dumb blonde who's job was simply to ask the ship's computer questions and repeat the answers.
For me at least the Matrix trilogy was an absolute masterpiece in film, let alone Sci-fi and relentlessly features in my top choices for favourite films. Quite apart from other characters we will meet along the line, it's Trinity in the original Matrix (1999) film that steals the show. Dressed in to-kill black leather, she can fly helicopters, ride bikes and wield guns like no-one else can. Add to that her dazzling martial arts skills (remember her ability to hover in mid-air?), and you've got pretty much all the ingredients for a femme fatale.
Twenty two years on from the original film, Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace (1999) introduced us to a whole new world of adventure, and, more importantly, exciting female characters. Lets start with Amidala/Padme. First we have the very regal and diplomatic Queen Amidala, full of fancy costumes and make-up that would be sufficient for a clown convention. Then we have the early Padme - the servant, but also the queen in disguise. Later in the trilogy of the new era, we have her as a freedom fighter with a laser gun at her disposal. Natalie Portman was only 16 when she was asked to play the role, after 200 different actresses were auditioned, and 18 when the first film was released, which was hard to believe considering her awesome performances, particularly in the earlier films, that made Amidala such a plausible character. (I may do a special on Star Wars, so watch this space...)
Now - I never knew that Kiera Knightly starred as Amidala's decoy double, Sabe! I thought it was a clever CG trick - but no - she REALLY did play her, but her role was kept a secret so that the audiences would not know of the decoy, and so she too must get a mention.
The 1990s saw a rapid increase in TV sci-fi series, building on a seemingly unlimited thirst for the genre. So much so that the TV pages will have to go online relatively unfinished whilst I find time to carry out more research. It's a tough life, but someone has to do it! Here's a large chunk to be getting on with... For now, at least, this page will focus on characters with serious sci-fi babe credentials.
Babylon 5 is not a series I have watched, so the information here is a bit scarce, or will be until I get round to watching it. Noteable characters appear to be Susan Ivanova, Elizabeth Lochley and Lyta Alexander, but watch this space....
Somewhat of a yawn - cancelled after 1 season and with little sci-fi credentials apart from the odd attractive character, who was human and had no special skills apart from bartering and babysitting. Please let me know if I can add more to this information.
Captain Shane Vansen was an elite marine who was a strong leader, skilled tactician and an excellent pilot.
Based on the 1985 film of the same name, two nerds create a perfect woman, Lisa. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is a genie - able to grant wishes due to her amazing powers.
This TV series is interesting from the point of view that it was created from notes made by the late Gene "Star Trek" Roddenberry and held by his widow, Majel Barrett-Rodenberry. Aliens from another, more advanced world, come to Earth, offering knowedge and technology that enhances live on Earth, but not everyone is convinced by their motives, including Lili Marquette, an interdimensional shuttle pilot as well as an agent of the resistance and Renee Palmer, another resistance fighter
Oh decisions, decisions.... I couldn't get enough of Lexx at the time and when the original Zev Bellringer, Eva Habbermann, was replaced, many feared the worst, but no problem because in stepped Xenia Seeberg, one gorgeous German babe for another, and hey presto - two babes for the price of one... I can't make up my mind who is the sexiest of the two and after over 10 years of thinking about it, I still can't decide. There's Zev with her golden locks and voluptuous body, or Xev with her luscious lips and snake-skin clothes and her.. uh voluptuous body...ohh lets have both!Zev/Xev was sentenced to become a love slave after becoming fat and ugly. During the faulty process she was turned into a gorgeous femme fatale, mixed with lizard DNA, and was obsessed with sex!
Another TV series based on a film. Samantha "Sam" Carter is a brilliant young astrophysicist who rapidly becomes promoted to become commander of the elite force known as SG-1. Vala, however, is a flirtacious human host to an alien and something of a con artist, played by the popular Australian actress, Claudia Black.
Made by Mr Muppet, Jim Henson, this TV series was based on characters trying to escape from a strict, militaristic and corrupt organization known as the peacekeepers in a living spaceship. We meet Claudia Black again, as Aeryn Sun who was such a peacekeeper, trained as a soldier since birth, until she switched sides. Another character, Chiana is a Nebari, a monochromatic species gifted with acrobatic skills and whom later develops the ability to see the present and future in slow motion. She is a thief and liar, with a high level of promiscuity. Played by Gigi Edgley, Australian also, she comes across as a bit sleazy, but almost always fun. Next, we have Raelee Hill as the intelligent and arrogant Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu, who possesses the ability to fire energy from her body - wow! We get two redheads in a row (unusual for sci-fi babes, really) as we meet Jool, or more correctly, Joolushko Tunai Fenta Hovalis, played by Tammy McIntosh, as a sexy and fiery academic.
We met Teri Hatcher earlier in a Star Trek role, but here she played Lois Lane for 4 years.
There's a lot more to the 1990s than is shown here, but there is a need to finish the refurbishment on the entire site and I will return here one day to complete this page - until then just do a search...
Whilst the 1990s had fewer sci-fi outings than the previous decade, it was an iconic and revolutionary period for the genre, and a considerable improvement on the quality of the female science fiction protagonist. Here we would meet Queen Amidala from the Star Wars franchise, Leeloo from The Fifth Element and of course, Trinity from the Matrix trilogy. It was a much better decade for television viewers with a host of long-running series that introduced many alien characters, including one of my all-time favourites, Zev Bellringer from the TV series, Lexx.